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High School Extra: NYPHSAA Wrestling Tournament kicks off

A host of Western New York’s finest competed in day one of the 2019 NYPHSAA Wrestling Tournament, held Friday at the Times Union Center in Albany.

A total of 47 wrestlers representing Section VI traveled to the tournament.

All three McDougalds made it to the semifinals of their respective weight classes in Division I action.

Niagara Wheatfield’s Justin McDougald advanced to the semifinal round in the 132-pound class after winning by pinfall in the opening round and by a 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals.

A No. 1 seed, Justin will get Alex Samson-Victor of Section V’s Victor High School today.

Willie McDougald won via a technical fall in the first round before getting a 13-5 major decision to advance to the semifinals of the 138-pound class for Niagara Falls. His next opponent is Kyle Althenn from Section VIII’s Mepham High.

The third McDougald, Warren, won via two decisions to make the semifinal round of the 152-pound class for Niagara Wheatfield. Joey McGinty of Section IX’s Monroe-Woodbury will challenge the senior today.

Other local wrestlers advancing to the Division I semifinal round include Lancaster’s Ryan Stencel (152 pounds), Grand Island’s Adam Daghestani (160) and Dominik Thomas of St. Francis (182).

Thomas, named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the State Catholic Meet on Feb. 9, lost in the 170-pound class quarterfinals last year via a major decision. He’ll challenge No. 1-seeded Jake Logan from Section I’s New Rochelle this year.

Williamsville North’s Cameron Catrabone, a seventh-grade standout, lost to Gregor McNeil of Section V’s Hilton by a 13-6 decision in a 99-pound match.

Advancing in Division II action were Newfane’s Andy Lucinski (99), Tonawanda’s Zach Braddell (138), East Aurora’s Johnny Putney (152), Iroquois’ Cory Day (160), Falconer’s Robbie Penhollow (195) and Pioneer’s Mike Rigerman (220), who advanced via two pinfalls.

The semifinal round will be held today starting at 10 a.m. Finals will follow at 5 p.m.

Eubanks has triple-double for Tapestry

A triple-double from sophomore Tarik Eubanks combined with a masterful 24-point performance from senior Dorian Plummer was plenty of offense for Tapestry Charter.

The No. 3 Thunder Hawks knocked off sixth-seeded Salamanca 99-48 Friday to advance to the semifinal round of the Class C-1 tournament.

Eubanks put up 12 points while dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 10 steals for his triple-double.

Plummer, who is considering Villa Maria College in the fall, hit four 3-pointers as he racked up 24 points. He earned 1,000 points on Feb. 11 against Health Sciences and has played on the varsity team since his sophomore year.

Tapestry, last year’s Class C champions, will play No. 2 East on Feb. 25 in the semifinal round at Jamestown Community College. East defeated No. 7 Buffalo Science, 72-61, Friday night to advance.

Elsewhere in the C-1 class, top-seeded Middle Early College stomped No. 8 Portville 102-19 to move to the semifinal round.

Orchard Park upsets No. 3 Jamestown

A volley of late baskets from Chase Kline sealed the game for No. 6 Orchard Park, which upset No. 3 Jamestown in the Class AA quarterfinals, 52-51.

Kline finished with 18 points for the underdog Quakers. Tino Mancabelli added 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and team captain Nate Wereski dropped 12.

Bradley Fowler may have had only six points on the stat sheet, but the big 6-foot-5 center/forward blocked seven shots, crucial in a tight contest.

Jamestown was ranked eighth in the News’ Large Schools poll released on Feb. 19. The Red Raiders were led by Demarri Jones with 14 points.

According to OP coach Christopher Frankowski, Jamestown’s size was a problem in the teams’ last bout. To combat this, the Quakers used more zone scheming rather than try and outmuscle the Raiders on defense.

The strategy paid off, and players like 6-foot-4 Grant Moore were held to two points.

Despite having defending Class AA champion Niagara Falls on deck in the semifinals, Frankowski knows his team is up to the task.

“We want to see what we can do,” he said.

Niagara Falls downed Lancaster, 84-66, in their quarterfinal game Friday.

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